§ Mr. Brewis
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what acreage of potatoes has been grown in the last two 51W years in Cyprus and Malta, respectively; what proportion is early potatoes; and what proportion is ware potatoes.
§ Mr. Lennox Boyd
In Cyprus there is a summer and winter crop. There is no distinction locally between early and ware potatoes but a large part of the summer crop is exported as "early potatoes". The acreages are as follows:
—— 1957 1958 acres acres Summer crop exported as "early potatoes" 4,707 4,273 Remainder of summer crop 2,347 2,743 Winter crop 4,273 4,772 Total annual acreage 11,327 11,788
In Malta the acreages under potatoes during the past two crop years ending 30th September were:
1957 9,000 acres 1958 8,200 acres
These areas were harvested as follows:
—— 1957 1958 Early potatoes (up to first week in June) 2,400 2,000 Ware potatoes 8,400 7,600
The acreage under ware potatoes is inclusive of the acreage under early potatoes. The remaining 600 acres are retained for seed.